Cape Town – Media personality Lerato Kganyago and premium sneaker brand Bathu owner, Theo Baloyi, are allegedly at loggerheads over contractual agreements not being delivered.
According to SundayWorld Theo owes Lerato an outstanding amount of R315 000 that was part of an initial R600 000 contract agreement after she was offered a 12-months contract by the sneaker brand as one of its ambassadors.
As part of her duties, the contract stipulated that Lerato was expected to attend 60% of Bathu stores’ official openings and DJ in their stores with equipment that would be provided by the sneaker brand. Bathu would also cover her travel expenses during these openings.
However, it’s alleged that Bathu terminated Lerato’s contract prematurely without notifying her after they paid her in leaps and bounds over a period of three months.
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She was allegedly paid an initial amount of R 285 000 followed by R185 000 which was followed by R35 000 between March and June last year. After these payments, the sneaker brand allegedly went mum.
When Lerato called in to enquire about the remaining R315 000 which was due to her, she was allegedly told by their representative, Mashudu Ndophu, that her contract with the sneaker brand had been terminated due to budget constraints.
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“Please be advised that Bathu Pty Ltd has decided to terminate our contract with Ms Lerato Kganyago. As a business, we have had to cut back on expenses and we have had to terminate numerous contracts with some of our valuable stakeholders such as Ms Lerato Kganyago,” The report quoted Mashudu Ndophu.
According to The Citizen Lerato was told that the remaining R315 000 was going to be paid and a proof of payment was going to be sent to her.
Months later, she still hasn’t received compensation of what is due to her.
As a result, Lerato is allegedly taking legal action against Bathu. Her agency Alchemy Consult sent a letter to the sneaker brand demanding the outstanding amount.
Bathu was given a deadline untill 11:00 on January 19.
They allegedly never came forth with the requested payment.
This is the alleged reason that Lerato has decided to take the legal route against the sneaker brand.
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Compiled by Odwa Shumi